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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

Spy Handler Re:I saw this reboot, but... (66 comments)

Agreed. Acting is a lot like coding. A lot of people think they can do it, but if you compare the typical amateur production vs. a professional one, it's like night and day.

btw I dunno where people get the idea that Shatner was a bad actor. Yes he sounds wooden in some of the 60's TOS episodes, but it was mostly the lame script/dialogue. Give Shatner a decent script (e.g. Wrath of Khan) and he shines.

Hell even Natalie Portman -- award-winning first rate actress by anyone's estimation -- sounds bad when given a script full of lame stilted dialogue (as in, Star Wars prequels).

44 minutes ago
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What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

Spy Handler Re:Revolution (389 comments)

But the rich will not recognize that until the mobs with pitchforks are breaking into their gated communities.

And that is why the rich are some of the biggest proponents of banning guns. They want to make sure when the mobs come, they are wielding pitchforks instead of AR-15s.

1 hour ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Spy Handler Blameless employees? (320 comments)

it happened to the blameless random employees who were just using their company's email system. Because of that, they've had their most personal conversations -- gossip, medical conditions, love lives -- exposed

If you were using your company's Exchange server for gossiping and thought it was safe (i.e. the IT department would never have access to this, oh no) then you're stupid and deserve whatever fate you get.

I can sympathize with the people whose SS numbers were stolen out of no fault of their own. But Amy Pascal making Obama black jokes on company email was just stupid as hell and she deserves whatever scorn people will heap on her.

yesterday
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Quantum Physics Just Got Less Complicated

Spy Handler Re:Copenhagen interpretation != less complicated (187 comments)

Seriously guys, we need to drop the copenhagen interpretation already.

Sorry, the geniuses who created quantum mechanics were right the first time. The fact that you find it philosophically objectionable doesn't make it any less valid.

yesterday
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Review: The BlackBerry Classic Is One of the Best Phones of 2009

Spy Handler Re:Best of 2009? May be, but we live in 2014. Righ (127 comments)

that's the point of TFA. This thing would've been great in 2009. Now it's just serving a niche market of shrinking ex-crackberry users. Still, if it prevents RIM from disappearing from the face of the earth, that might count as a success.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Spy Handler Re:Land of the free (571 comments)

Well, Seth Rogen got 8 million up front and James Franco got 6, so those two aren't hurting. Although it's possible they were promised percentage of the box office take ("points") in addition to that, which obviously will not materialize now.

How do I know this? It was mentioned in the hacked Sony emails and mentioned on CNN =P

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Spy Handler Re:Actually (571 comments)

South Korea might have a problem, but elsewhere?

Japan. It's an annual N. Korean hobby to shoot off an intermediate range missile "test" over Japanese waters just to piss them off.

In a SHTF scenario, they'd probably fire a missile at the U.S. naval base in Japan after they're done leveling Seoul and Tokyo.

2 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Spy Handler Slight reality check here (580 comments)

The decision to make this movie has been a complete unmitigated disaster for Sony. In fact Webster should place a picture of Sony and the Interview poster next to the dictionary entry for "disaster".

Financial loss to Sony will easily be in the hundreds of millions, not just from losing a major film release but also from the hacking, which is still ongoing. Employees are scared, many Hollywood bigwigs are angry, and head of Sony Pictures likely will lose her job.

And all for what? Depicting the gruesome murder of a nonfictional living person is normally off-limits for mainstream entertainment. Let alone the sitting head of state of an actual nation. Sony was warned that this would be going into uncharted territory.

According to the leaked emails, the screenwriter had originally written in a fictional dictator of a made-up country, but a few Sony execs thought it would be funnier and punchier if they put Kim Jong Eun instead. In their arrogance they had not considered repercussions of what could happen.

3 days ago
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Spacecraft Spots Probable Waves On Titan's Seas

Spy Handler With so much hydrocarbons (82 comments)

climate change must be rampant over there.

3 days ago
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Webcast Funerals Growing More Popular

Spy Handler Ebola (70 comments)

They should webcast the funerals in Ebola countries so the relatives don't go around kissing the dead person at the funeral.

4 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Spy Handler Re:Sony, you know North Koreans did this (250 comments)

Lol! A country that can't even feed its own people, let alone provide them with a computer, managed to hack a glorious, capitalist multinational corporation? You've exceeded your daily quota of cheeseburger consumption, Billy.

Hiring a handful of skilled Russian or Chinese hackers is easily doable for even the poorest nation-state.

Building your own nuclear weapons and ICBMs is much harder. Putting a satellite in orbit also. Wait, North Korea has managed to do all of the above.

5 days ago
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Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

Spy Handler It's difficult but (204 comments)

they do it anyways.

Linking hurricanes to global warming is also difficult but that didn't prevent climate researchers from claiming Katrina-level events will drastically increase in frequency. (we're still waiting on this one)

5 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

Spy Handler Sony, you know North Koreans did this (250 comments)

grow some balls and go after the real culprits instead of some wimpy bloggers and journalists. You have Stallone and the guy who played Spiderman at your disposal, send them to go kick some communist ass. Go on!

5 days ago
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Airbus Attacked By French Lawmaker For Talking To SpaceX

Spy Handler Re:So it is official. (166 comments)

Even this particular French lawmaker will be singing a different tune when FHR is fully operational and puts satellites in orbit for $10 million that Ariane needs to charge $200 million just to break even.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Spy Handler Re:Human made (465 comments)

Yeah they probably wouldn't bat an eye at demolishing the pyramids at Giza if it saved a desert tortoise or two.

about a week ago
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Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

Spy Handler Re:I see a lot of fatties in those photos and vide (465 comments)

those bush fires are started to clear the jungle/forest and create new farmland. And the reason they do that is... overpopulation. So yes, it wouldn't be an issue if the population is low.

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Spy Handler nah it's a dead cat bounce (269 comments)

nostalgia only goes so far; you can't make a mass market product on nostalgia alone. They sell what, 50 million iphones every 3 months? A few thousand nostalgia seekers wouldn't even be pocket change inside the pants of a rounding error.

Plus the people seeking the mini hard drive storage capacity will be mollified in a couple years when iphone flash memory capacity reaches 256 - 500 GB.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

Spy Handler Re:There's always (176 comments)

Excite!
Lycos
Cuil

about a week ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

Spy Handler Re:I didn't care before (190 comments)

Google is being surprisingly unhelpful here. Maybe Sony execs made an emergency call to Sergei?

This is all I could find after ~1 min of searching DuckDuckGo:

http://www.magnetdl.com/file/1...

about a week ago

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Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about three weeks ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to an article in Businessweek, the often-repeated mantra (by tech companies) that there is a tech worker shortage doesn't actually exist. The paper compared the case of petroleum engineers to that of tech workers, and found that there was an actual shortage of petroleum engineers, with the predictable result of wages for petroleum engineers rising, leading to more people becoming petroleum engineers until the demand was met and shortage solved. In contrast, the real wages for IT workers have stayed flat since 1999.

"There's no evidence of any way, shape, or form that there's a shortage in the conventional sense," says Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University. "They may not be able to find them at the price they want. But I'm not sure that qualifies as a shortage, any more than my not being able to find a half-priced TV."
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized by Consumer Group

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about a month ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Yesterday's announcement that Google will lease Moffett Field from NASA for 60 years drew criticism from a group called Consumer Watchdog, which stated "This is like giving the keys to your car to the guy who has been siphoning gas from your tank. It is unfairly rewarding unethical and wrongful behavior."

Which makes one wonder: what's the market rate for a lease on 1000 acres of Silicon Valley real estate? And also, would the public reaction to this deal have been as muted if it had been, say, Monsanto getting caught underpaying the gov't for diesel fuel, only to be rewarded later with a large sweetheart deal for federal land?"
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Steve Ballmer To Ban L.A. Clippers From Using Apple Products

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 3 months ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft who recently purchased the basketball team Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion, will ban the use of Apple products by his team. Ballmer is no longer working for Microsoft but is still the largest individual shareholder, with about 4 percent of the company worth $15.7 billion."
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How Russia Should Respond to U.S. Olympic Snub with Snowden

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  1 year,2 days

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In a move that can only be interpreted as a snub against Russia's recent anti-gay laws, U.S. will be sending openly gay athletes as part of its delegation to the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, without President Obama or any other high ranking government official in attendance. Score one point for USA, most of us can agree that such anti-gay laws are unjust with no place in a modern civilized society. However, Russia can score its own point in rebuttal and highlight the log in America's own eye — NSA's global internet surveillance — by inviting Edward Snowden to the opening ceremony. Bonus point for having him light the Olympic torch."
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Verizon Programmer Caught Outsourcing Own Job To China

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In 2012 when Verizon discovered that its corporate systems were being accessed by someone in China, it launched an investigation. Initially thought to be a case of industrial espionage or a malicious hacker, it turns out that one of their own employees had contracted his programming job out to a team in China. The programmer, man in his mid 40's identified only as "Bob", would show up for work, watch cat videos and surf Reddit (among other things), while the contractors in China did the work he was supposedly doing. He paid them one-fifth of the 6-figure salary he was getting from Verizon.

And over the past several years, Bob received excellent performance reviews of his "clean, well written" coding. He had even been noted as "the best developer in the building." However, Bob has been fired after his scheme was discovered."

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NASA To Test Bigelow Inflatable Module Aboard ISS

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "NASA has announced that it has awarded a $17.8 million contract to Bigelow Aerospace to build an inflatable module for the International Space Station. Details of the project will be announced Wednesday at Bigelow’s headquarters in Las Vegas.

Seems like all the pieces for a privately-built space renaissance are starting to fall into place. When the Falcon Heavy goes operational to provide cheap launches, we could finally have the spaceflight boom that space enthusiasts have been dreaming of."

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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  about 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software update of the California welfare computer system (CalWIN) caused 37,000 Food Stamp recipients to lose their EBT (a credit card paid for by the government) benefits last weekend. According to the article, Hewlett Packard was responsible for the failed update of CalWIN, but at 8:00 a.m. today Xerox (who administers another state welfare system called CalFresh) issued a patch that reactivated the EBT cards."
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Google Threatened Acer with Banishment from Android

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In a Microsoft-esque move, Google threatened Acer with banishment from Android if it went ahead with its new cellphone project with Alibaba (China's version of Amazon), using an OS called Aliyun. Acer has remained silent on the issue, but Alibaba reports that they received notification from Google, stating "if the new product launch with Aliyun went ahead, Google would terminate Android product cooperation and related technical authorization with Acer." Possible reason for Google's upset is that the Aliyun OS, which is not Android, can run Android apps as well as its own."
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SpaceX Dragon Launch To ISS Set For April 30th

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "NASA announced today a tentative April 30th date for SpaceX launch to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission.

"Everything looks good as we head toward the April 30 launch date," said Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations.

If successful, SpaceX will become the first private company to launch a space vehicle and dock with the ISS."

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Apple and Samsung Rake In 95% of Mobile Phone Profits

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "The race for mobile domination appears to be a two-horse race. According to a new CNET report, Apple took in a whopping 80 percent of all profits in the mobile phone business last quarter — that's counting all cell phones, not just smartphones. Samsung came in second, reaping 15 percent of the profits. Everyone else was left scrambling for crumbs.

Perhaps the release of Windows 8 phones can turn the tide and prevent a Apple-Samsung duopoly from taking place."

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Free Hotel Wi-Fi Overwhelmed by iPads

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to iBAHN, a firm that provides Wi-Fi and computer services to hotels, free Wi-Fi networks are struggling to cope with the huge increase in traffic since the iPad was released.

"The iPad is the fastest-selling device in consumer electronics history, and because of it the demand placed on any public place Wi-Fi system has gone up exponentially in the last year and a half," said David W. Garrison, chief executive of iBAHN.

Hotels are now facing a tough choice; keep Wi-Fi free and risk angering customers with slow internet, upgrade their internet pipe and charge customers for Wi-Fi (which also might anger customers), or upgrade their internet and eat the costs."

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Tearing Down iPhone 4S reveals 512MB RAM

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "ComputerWorld is reporting that tearing down the just-released iPhone 4S reveals an A5 processor and 512MB of RAM.

"How do we know it's 512MB? Check out the marking, specifically 'E4E4,' denoting two 2Gb LPDDR2 die — for a total of 4Gb — or 512MB."

What's baffling to me — since I have yet to drink the Kool-aid and am unfamiliar with Apple hardware — is why did it take disassembling the phone and examining chip markings to deduce the amount of RAM in the system? In Linux and Windows, you type in one command and it tells you. Or simply looking at the box usually shows the processor, RAM and HDD size"

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Would You Vote For a Programmer President?

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Herman Cain, one of the current front-runners in the race for the Presidency of the U.S., has a master's degree in Computer Science (and a bachelor's degree in Mathmatics). As a Slashdotter, would this fact affect your vote favorably toward him?

Contrast this with your typical politician, most of whom have a law degree and majored in something in liberal arts as an undergraduate. (Mr. Obama was a Political Science major and has a law degree)"
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NASA's Space Launch System: a Critical Analysis

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "Jerry Pournelle has posted a quick analysis of NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) on his website. His two main criticisms involve:

1. Usage of the Shuttle main engines. "Those were developed to be reusable, and they are expensive because of that. They are in fact magnificent engines and thoroughly reusable if operated at 90-95% of rated capacity; it’s not their fault that they had to be run at 103% and above to fly Shuttle. But they were developed to be reusable, and that adds greatly to their cost."

2. Usage of SRBs. "You don’t want recoverable solid rockets in the first place. The operations are a nightmare, and the design has to be compromised so that the impact on the water does not destroy the thing, and it has to float. All that changes the design and affects performance. There is no good reason ever to recover a solid booster, which is, after all, a big sewer pipe stuffed with guncotton and leached with nitroglycerine....

The only reason we ever came up with any notion as mad as a segmented solid booster was that the SRB had to be made in Utah because of political constraints. If you make a booster that size in Utah it has to be segmented because you can’t ship it by rail or on the highway – the curves are too sharp and the tunnels are not big enough. You would have to make it in Michoud Louisiana and ship it by barge to Canaveral. That is possible but Louisiana isn’t Utah. Apparently the new NASA design is worried about the Utah Senatorial votes to this day."


His widely read 2000 paper titled How To Get To Space provides excellent insights into the X-programs and is well worth reading."

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Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler writes "In spite of the sensationalist stories on the Japan earthquake by U.S. media , which is giving the public an impression of a nuclear holocaust at the power plants and generally spreading anti-nuclear F.U.D., the reality is actually quite different... and not so dire. According to this article — which contains actual info about the reactors involved and how they function — everything worked exactly as the designers intended in a natural disaster scenario such as this, there will be no Chernobyl, and the public is not in danger of developing green skin and turning into the Hulk."
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Pickens Plan comes to a wimpering end

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "In 2008, billionaire T. Boone Pickens unveiled his "Pickens Plan" on national TV, which calls for America to end its dependence on foreign oil by increasing use of wind power and natural gas. Over the next two years, he spent $80 million on TV commercials and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Unfortunately market forces were not favorable to Mr. Pickens, and in December 2010 he announced that he is getting out of the wind power business.

What does he plan to do with his $2 billion worth of idle wind turbines? He is trying to sell them to Canada, because of Canadian law that mandates consumers to buy more renewable electricity regardles of cost."

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Americans' Support for Nuclear Power Highest Ever

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "According to a new Gallup poll, 64% of Americans favored nuclear power as a means for generating electricity.

Though a majority of Americans has long supported nuclear power, Gallup said the latest rating is the highest since it began polling on the issue in 1994.

71% of Republicans supported nuclear, while 51% of Democrats did so."

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Software Engineer Flies Plane into IRS Building

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Spy Handler (822350) writes "A software engineer flew his small airplane into an office building in Austin, Texas today. Fortunately none of the 199 IRS employees who work there were killed, even though the crash caused a massive fire that gutted the building.

The pilot, Joseph Stack, was the founder of a small software company that apparently had tax problems with the government, and he posted a disgruntled suicide note on his company webite. (archived version here.)"

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Los Angeles City Website Crashed by MJ Memorial

Spy Handler Spy Handler writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Spy Handler writes "The City of Los Angeles spent $1.4 million to provide security for Michael Jackson's memorial service on Tuesday, mostly in overtime pay for approximately 3000 police officers. Since the city was already in the midst of a severe budget crisis, it actively sought out donations from MJ fans, by asking them to go to the city's website and sending them money. (there is a prominent link at the top of the home page that says "JACKSON EVENT DONATIONS")

Unfortunately the website simply could not handle the surge in traffic and crashed repeatedly on Tuesday and Wednesday, one of them lasting for 12 hours. As of Wednesday the city has only received $17,000 in donations.

A quick check of the city's website reveals that it is running Sun Java Web Server 6.1"

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